Commonly known as the Beaubourg, this distinctive building was commissioned in 1968 by the then President Georges Pompidou, ... More
Commonly known as the Beaubourg, this distinctive building was commissioned in 1968 by the then President Georges Pompidou, and opened in 1977. Most Parisians were initially shocked by its unconventional 'inside out' architectural style: air conditioning, escalators, and lifts are all on the outside, giving the interior unparalleled freedom. Extensively refurbished in the late 1990s, the center is home to the Musée National d'Art Moderne and the Bibliothèque Publique d'Information (BPI) as well as temporary exhibitions, cinemas, and other attractions. Hours and admission prices vary for individual attractions.
Of the three premiere modern art museums including the Tate and MoMA, I like Pompidou the most. And if you're more interested in modern art than classical like I am, you'll perhaps enjoy your time here more than the Louvre. The museum gift shop also has some trippy souvies to bring back. I don't think the building is as hideous as others make out.
After going to the Louvre and Musee de Orsay, it was nice to go and see some contemporary art. It was like a breath of fresh air. Everything in there was really cool and modern. I loved the Dali artworks. The whole building was really neat, from the escalator entrance to the fountain outside. I wish I could have spent more time there. Definitly a place I am interested in visiting again.
Beaubourg is one of my favorite places in Paris. Cool architecture, and the collections are amazing. One of the best modern art museums in the world, I'd say. Their temporary exhibitions are great too. If you like modern art, you must not miss Beaubourg.
I'm not sure why I avoided the Pompidou on previous visits to Paris, perhaps I was turned off by the ultra-modern and somewhat forbidding exterior. After getting over myself, I found I liked it better than either the Louvre or D'Orsay! The collection was wonderful, particularly the 3rd floor which had a large selection of Matisse, Kandinsky, and a wonderful Pollock that finally made me see what all the fuss was about. The temporary exhibition was a really well-done showing of modern Chinese artists. As for the infamous "ugly" architecture, the idea was to get the pipes and stuff on the *outside* so there'd be more space to display the art on the *inside*. Whatever the reason, the interior of the Pompidou does have an exceptional light and airiness to it.
"The first 7 days of my menstrual cycle" Is that really considered modern art? I thought many items were very simplistic. I felt as if though I could have made a few myself. Oh, I forgot to mention the stupid short clips about people slashing their wrists. You can judge for yourself.
every year i try to visit the national museum of modern art at the centre georges pompidou. it has one of the best collections in the world, even if it does tend to tilt towards french artists. even my wife has found some of the exhibits to be memorable and she is no great fan of modern art. there are often exhibitions devoted to single artists and they are often spectacular. do not miss this museum if you enjoy modern art and are in paris.
Beaubourg only got better after its recent remodeling. It rivals - and in my opinion - surpasses the collections of the Tate Modern in London and MoMA in New York. If you have any interest in modern art whatsoever, this is the place to go. - The plexiglass escalator offers the best views of Paris on the way up. The bookstore is tops, and an outlet of Printemps offers a wide selection of chic little gifts to bring back to friends. The rooftop retaurant, called "Georges", offers spectaular views in a chic setting - pricey, but worth it. - - The other highpoint for modern art is the Mus�e d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris-Palais de Tokyo. Built in the mid-1930s, it houses the modern art collection of the City of Paris; spectacular and highest-quality, it is an often overlooked.
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